1. Seed Needs, Cucamelon/Mexican Sour Gherkin (Melothria scobra) Twin Pack of 65 Seeds Each

Seed Needs, Cucamelon/Mexican Sour Gherkin (Melothria scobra) Twin Pack of 65 Seeds Each

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Twin Pack of 65 Seeds Each (130 Seeds Total) Though most people consider the Mexican Sour Gherkin (Melothria Scobra) to be a part of the cucumber family, it actually belongs to the Melothria family. Though it looks much like a tiny watermelon, and goes by nicknames such as cucamelon, mouse melon, and little watermelon, this cute little Mexican Sour Gherkin was more or less adopted into the honorary title of cucumber. As the name suggests, the Mexican Sour Gherkin is native to Mexico and Central America, and had been a staple of the Mexican and Central American diets since pre-Columbian times. It was the French botanist, Charles Victor Naudin, who was the first person from the modern world to have described them in 1866. It has the taste of a cucumber that is citrusy and tangy rather than sweet. This is a slow growing vine plant that can grow up to 10 feet under the right conditions. The fruit can grow to be 1 to 2 inches, but should be cultivated before it reaches 1 inch to prevent the fruit from becoming too seedy if used for cooking. The vine also produces small yellow flowers and does well climbing up trellises, taking about 60 to 70 days. Compared to cucumbers, the Mexican Sour Gherkin is more resistant to pests and tolerant to drought and mild cold (but not frost). You can treat Cucamelon as a perennial, and though the fruits are not particularly high yielding, they produce their fruits yearly. For those who reside in places that have colder seasons, when autumn arrives and the fruit production has stopped, lift their primary radish-like root and keep it in barely moist compost in a garage or shed until winter passes. Sowing the Seed - Cucamelons are best started indoors, 6 to 8 weeks prior to the last frost. The small seeds resemble Cucumber seeds and can be sown at a depth of 1/4” under topsoil. If sowing indoors, you might consider using peat pots for easy transplanting later on. Transplant or direct sow your Cucamelons outdoors after all danger of frost has passed, and the soil is loose and workable.Growing Conditions - Cucamelons will prefer an area of full sunlight and prefer a soil that is rich. The plants can be watered regularly until established. Once your plants start to bare fruits, they will not need as much water and are actually somewhat drought resistant as well. Consider adding a bit of a light compost to hard compact soils to improve your drainage. Provide a trellis or support stake for the plants.Germination & Growth - Cucamelon seeds are not quick to germinate, and can sometimes take up to 4 weeks to show signs of life. The plants can grow to a vining length of up to 72 inches long and can be spaced about 6 to 12 inches apart from one another, if they are grown upright with the support of a trellis. Harvest the small, 1 to 2 inch fruits in roughly 60 to 70 days. Add to salads, eat raw, or pickle these cuties. Beautiful Packet Designs Each seed packet comes with a beautifully illustrated image of the variety to be grown.Details on the front include which variety is grown, as well as the scientific name and estimated seed count.Detailed information about the specific crop is found on the front right.Packets measure 3.25 inches wide by 4.5 inches tall.Save your seeds for the next season! Many people don't know that seeds actually don't expire for years if they are kept in optimal conditions. Place unused seed packets in a ziplock bag, press the air out and keep them in a cool, dry and dark location for next year!Easy to follow seed sowing directions are presented on the reverse side of each seed packet.QR codes are displayed on each seed packet for easy reordering, or for additional information on the variety purchased.Each seed packet has a latex glue that allows you to self seal and save unused seeds. Cucamelon resembles a watermelon in its shape and appearance, but they're about 100 times smaller! Also named "Mexican Sour Gherkin" or "Mouse Melon," these fruits boast an exotic tangy flavor! Cucamelon Lemon Cucumber Purple Cauliflower Romanesco Broccoli Orangeglo watermelon Crop Cucamelon Cucumber Cauliflower Broccoli Watermelon Harvest 60 to 70 Days 65 Days 90 Days 100 Days 90 Days Plant Type Vining Vegetable Vining Vegetable Vegetable Broccoli Watermelon Light Preference Full Sunlight Full Sunlight Full Sunlight Full Sunlight Full Sunlight Plant Height 6'+ Vining Length 24" Vining Length 24" Tall 24 to 36" Tall 8' to 10' Vining Fruit Size 1 to 2 Inch 3" Diameter 2 to 3 lbs 6" to 7" Diameter 20 to 30 lbs Easy To Grow? ? ? ? ? ? Heirloom ? ? ? ? ? Non-GMO ? ? ? ? ?